Jam is one of those books you just want to have. Inside, contemporary illustration, fashion design, computer art, sculpture, photography, painting, graphic design, and product design from London and Tokyo define what is essentially urban for our age, from a limited-edition record player from the Japanese musician-artist Cornelius to sexy illustrations of young urbanites by London artist Graham Rounthwaite. Rather than solely promoting a vapid aesthetic, Jam presents what is thought-provoking, choosing to embed itself in the present rather than gearing up to evaporate tomorrow. This work, organized into four simple sections--e-mail, the work, the interviews, then the contact information for the artists--is wrapped in a book that is beautifully made. The cover, as well as the pages that contain the interviews, are on brown paper printed with fluorescent, silver, and brown ink, beautifully designed; the images are on dense, thin, glossy paper, beautifully printed. -- Juliette...
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